Elegant Fig Salad

Fresh figs are not always available, but when you can find them this is a great way to enjoy them. I love serving this salad for dinner parties because it’s always such a welcomed surprise from the ordinary.

20 minute prep time
makes 4 servings

Ingredients :

  • 2 small red onions or shallots, (I prefer shallots) sliced in wide strips
  • ¼ cup roasted hazelnuts (walnuts or almonds also work well)
  • Large bunch of lettuce, (can be romaine or other salad greens) leaves
  • torn roughly
  • 2 cups of watercress or Arugula
  • 6 ripe fresh figs
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions :

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two roasting pans with parchment paper.

2. Slice the onions or shallots into wide strips and put them on one roasting tray and the hazelnuts on the other. Roast for 20 minutes turning the nuts and onions once or twice as needed to roast evenly. Remove pans from the oven and allow to cool. Break the roasted hazelnuts with the side of a big knife (This is easier than trying to slice them in half).

3. Assemble the salad on four individual plates. Mix the three salad leaves together and place a few on each plate. Cut the figs lengthways into four 
or six pieces and place a few fig pieces on each plate. Add some roasted onions or shallots on the leaves, then top with more leaves and finally the remaining fig and onions or shallots. You want to build up the salad into a small pyramid.

4. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the salad and finish with a scattering of toasted hazelnuts. Elegant, delicious and healthy! 

Tip: Fig balsamic vinegar is heavenly with this recipe and has even become
easier to find in stores.

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